Snapshots - #42: Thor: Ragnarok, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, LBJ

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Thor: Ragnarok (2017), (♦♦♦♦½): Thor has saved earth twice by now and has, for the last two years, wandered the universe searching for infinity stones. He hasn't found any. He has, however, become prisoner of an enemy of Asgard, Surtur, who tells Thor that his visions of Asgard engulfed in flames is a premonition of Ragnarok—the destruction of Asgard, which is already in motion. Thor frees himself and arrives at home to find Loki sitting on the throne, passing as Odin, and neglecting his duties to protect the Nine Realms. With Odin's exile, Asgard's enemies have been reassembling, but Odin's death may just free Hela, a goddess against whom neither Thor nor Loki are enough.
It was in Thor: The Dark World where Loki, an antagonist, first threatened to steal the show. He became the villain that Marvel fandom loves to hate. While Loki is at his most charming in this film, the director, with the help of a sparkling screenplay, has very much exploited the great chemistry of t…

The Devil's Violinist (♦♦♦♦)

Paganini had extraordinary talent but lacked an audience receptive to his heavenly music. A man who turned out to be the devil offered him a deal: everlasting fame and filled concert halls, everything his heart desired, in exchange for his soul in the hereafter.

It's been long since I didn't see a movie that gorgeous, the screenplay, the storytelling, the acting are to die for. The music is just exquisite, which by the way was arranged in part by the gorgeously looking David Garrett (who looks like a young Ricky Martin) in the leading role as Paganini.

The two movies that vaguely convey the same spirit of music perfection are Nannerl (la soeur de Mozart), and Quartet.

The story transmit enough emotion to make us feel bad for the doomed genius whose talent has gone to waste in the prime of his life, and to make us empathize with a blooming love thwarted by evil intent.

I cannot recommend this movie enough. If you love classical music, as do I, you shouldn't miss The Devil's Violinist.

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  1. I do love classical music and movies about classical music so it sounds like a winner to me.

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    1. I read an unflattering review on Imdb but I enjoyed this movie immensely, though as you can see is not a biopic per se.

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  2. Since I used to be an (aspiring) violinist, I need to see this one!

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    1. Nice, Judy! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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    2. OK. I finally saw it last week. So great! My husband is also a musician so we loved it equally. I think we learned that David Garrett is a violinist. So easy on the eyes. OMG!

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    3. I am glad you loved it. The music is to die for, and yes, David Garrett is gorgeous.

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    4. Apparently he made the musical arrangements for this movie. Ha! Talented and easy on the eyes, what else can one ask for?!

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  3. I hadn't heard of this one but like music and the movie poster! Thx for letting me know about it.

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    1. Oh, he is gorgeous, and apparently he is a world renown violinist in his own right. I really enjoyed this one.

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